We will be traveling to the Philippines with our 14 year old. We would like to go to Palawan and also stay a few days in Manila. How common is kidnapping and terrorism on Palawan...should we stay in Manila? Wanted to travel north to see the beautiful country. Many of our filipino friends say it's not safe for Western people. We would be fine but worried about our 14 year old. Don't want to take chances. Is Purerto Princesa safe? We wanted to use this as a base to go on trips. Is there a better place to stay?